A heavily armed police force arrested 33 Native Hawaiian elders who were peacefully protecting our most sacred mountain from desecration. Our kūpuna are literally laying down their bodies for our environment and culture—and they must not shoulder this burden alone – Kaniela Ing #WeAreMaunaKea
“They took all the fish out of our ocean, they put all the tourists on our coastlines, they poisoning our farmlands. Now they want to take our most sacred mountain. It’s like eliminating us. We cannot do this alone. We need everyone to rise up.” -Walter Ritte, activist/kupuna.
No protector should have to spend a second behind bars for peacefully exercising their native rights. [Video credit: